California State University-San Marcos

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$5,742
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$12,933
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
3.33%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
79.4%
15,413 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
16,367
81.6% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
57%
1,212 Graduates

About

California State University-San Marcos is a higher education institution located in San Diego County, CA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at California State University-San Marcos were General Business Administration & Management (613 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (345 degrees), and General Psychology (307 degrees).

In 2020, 4,357 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at California State University-San Marcos. 63.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 36.1% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was hispanic or latino (1,677 degrees), 1.29 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (1297 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at California State University-San Marcos is $5,742, which is $−16,788 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at California State University-San Marcos is $5,742, which is $−16,788 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $12,933.

In 2020, 67% of undergraduate students attending California State University-San Marcos received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 33% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$5,742
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at California State University-San Marcos was $5,742. The cost of tuition at California State University-San Marcos is $−16,788 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

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Average Net Price

$12,933
2020 Value
0.592%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 California State University-San Marcos had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $12,933. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of California State University-San Marcos grew by 0.592%.

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Other Student Expenses

$14,595
Room and Board
$2,000
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at California State University-San Marcos was of $14,595 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $2,000. The cost of room and board increased by 3.69% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

67%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
33%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

67% of undergraduate students at California State University-San Marcos received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 4.69% with respect to 2019, when 64% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
3.33%
2018 Default Rate
90
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at California State University-San Marcos was 3.33%, which represents 90 out of the 2706 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

California State University-San Marcos received 15,413 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 11.2% annual decline. Out of those 15,413 applicants, 12,241 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 79.4% acceptance rate.

There were 16,367 students enrolled at California State University-San Marcos in 2020, and 94% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

California State University-San Marcos has an overall enrollment yield of 18.4%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

79.4%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
12,241
Accepted Out of 15,413

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of California State University-San Marcos was 79.4% (12,241 admissions from 15,413 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 61.7%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −11.2%, while admissions grew by 14.4%.

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SAT Scores

94%
Submission Percentage
2,118
Scores Submitted

94% of enrolled first-time students at California State University-San Marcos in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

California State University-San Marcos has a total enrollment of 16,367 students. The full-time enrollment at California State University-San Marcos is 13,360 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,007. This means that 81.6% of students enrolled at California State University-San Marcos are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at California State University-San Marcos, both undergraduate and graduate, is 47.1% Hispanic or Latino, 27.2% White, 9.37% Asian, 5.15% Two or More Races, 3.23% Black or African American, 0.269% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.202% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at California State University-San Marcos in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (33.6%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (16.1%) and White Female (15.1%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (26.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (25.6%) and White Male (11.1%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

81.6%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at California State University-San Marcos, both undergraduate and graduate, is 16,367 students. The full-time enrollment at California State University-San Marcos is 13,360 and the part-time enrollment is 3,007. This means that 81.6% of students enrolled at California State University-San Marcos are enrolled full-time compared with 68.8% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

84%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at California State University-San Marcos was 84%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), California State University-San Marcos had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    7,714
  2. White
    4,457
  3. Asian
    1,533

The enrolled student population at California State University-San Marcos is 47.1% Hispanic or Latino, 27.2% White, 9.37% Asian, 5.15% Two or More Races, 3.23% Black or African American, 0.269% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.202% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 52.6% White, 16.6% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 591 students (3.61%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 1211 more women than men received degrees from California State University-San Marcos. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at California State University-San Marcos is hispanic or latino (1,677 degrees awarded). There were 1.29 times more hispanic or latino graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (1297 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at California State University-San Marcos is General Business Administration & Management (613 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (345 degrees) and General Psychology (307 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at California State University-San Marcos, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Human Sciences (306 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (728 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (215 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at California State University-San Marcos are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (420,599 people), Other managers (349,559 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (293,748 people), Chief executives & legislators (156,641 people), and Postsecondary teachers (155,885 people).

The most specialized majors at California State University-San Marcos are Human Sciences (306 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (728 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (215 degrees), History (83 degrees), and Communications (278 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at California State University-San Marcos are Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Surgeons, Clinical and counseling psychologists, Computer hardware engineers, and Entertainers & performers, sports & related workers, all other

The most specialized majors at California State University-San Marcos are Human Sciences (306 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (728 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (215 degrees), History (83 degrees), and Communications (278 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at California State University-San Marcos are Elementary & secondary schools (627,624 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (413,800 people), Legal services (339,942 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (244,446 people), and Computer Systems Design (238,726 people).

The most specialized majors at California State University-San Marcos are Human Sciences (306 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (728 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (215 degrees), History (83 degrees), and Communications (278 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by California State University-San Marcos.
Most Common
  1. 613 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 345 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 307 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at California State University-San Marcos was General Business Administration & Management with 613 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

1,573
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
2,784
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 1,573 degrees were awarded to men at California State University-San Marcos, which is 0.565 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,784).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 378 degrees were awarded to men at California State University-San Marcos in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.32 times more than the 287 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 290 degrees were awarded to women at California State University-San Marcos in Registered Nursing, which is 4.03 times more than the 72 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

16%
100% Completion Time
55%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 16% of students graduating from California State University-San Marcos completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 55% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 61% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
White Female
Highest Graduation Rate (65.5%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at California State University-San Marcos is Female and White (65.5% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 2.64% of graduates (32 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    1,677 degrees awarded
  2. White
    1,297 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    428 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at California State University-San Marcos is hispanic or latino (1,677 degrees awarded). There were 1.29 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (1297 degrees).

8.7% of degree recipients (379 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. Hispanic or Latino Female
    1,146 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    798 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Male
    531 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at California State University-San Marcos is hispanic or latino female (1,146 degrees awarded). There were 1.44 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (798 degrees).

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Operations

California State University-San Marcos has an endowment valued at nearly $28M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $3.22M (11.5%), compared to the 3.19% average return ($1.26M on $39.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2020, California State University-San Marcos had a total salary expenditure of $329M. California State University-San Marcos employs 117 Lecturers, 110 Professors, and 89 Associate professors. Most academics at California State University-San Marcos are Female Lecturers (83), Male Professors(57), and Female Professors (53).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at California State University-San Marcos are: Business and Financial Operations, with 181 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 154 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 128 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$28M
2020 Endowment
6.35%
growth from 2019

California State University-San Marcos has an endowment valued at about $28M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of California State University-San Marcos grew 6.35% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $11.7M lower than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $0 - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, California State University-San Marcos received $0 in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$115M
2020 Salaries
6.44%
growth from 2019

In 2020, California State University-San Marcos paid a median of $115M in salaries, which represents 35% of their overall expenditure ($329M) and a 6.44% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 4.73% growth from 2018 and a 11.1% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.6M (40.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$35.6M
Instructional Salaries
392
Number of Employees

In 2020, California State University-San Marcos paid a total of $35.6M to 392 employees working as instructors, which represents 30.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11M (31.8%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Lecturer
Most Common Instructor
117 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
181 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at California State University-San Marcos were Lecturer with 117 employees; Professor with 110 employees; and Professor with 89 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at California State University-San Marcos were Business and Financial Operations with 181 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 154 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 128 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Lecturer
  2. Male Professor
  3. Female Professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at California State University-San Marcos was Female Lecturer with 83 employees, Male Professor with 57 employees, and Female Professor with 53 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at California State University-San Marcos.

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